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08 December 2019 5:15pm

Come and see the biggest, most spectacular Christmas tree in Ely as we countdown to the switching on of the lights.

This popular event designed for young children and families celebrates the festive season in song and prayer, concluding with the blessing of the magnificent tree complete with fairy dust!

Once the lights are switched on why not take the opportunity for a family photo in front of the beautiful, sparkling tree.


The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern in this country. The tradition arrived from Germany in the 18th Century, where ever-green trees were brought into the home and decorated with apples, nuts and other foods. In earlier times, evergreens were thought by Christians to symbolise various things, including eternal life, the Holy Trinity, and the tree of paradise in the Garden of Eden.

The Christmas Tree is often decorated with stars and angels, to represent the star of Bethlehem and the Angel Gabriel who brought glad tidings of the Saviour's birth.

Every year, our very special Christmas Tree attracts visitors from near and far. It takes 5 days to decorate!

Welcome to this special service as we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hear readings, and sing carols which help us prepare for Christmas. We switch on the lights of our Christmas Tree for the first time and say a prayer of blessing.

Our Christmas Tree stays in the Cathedral until after the feast of the Epiphany on 6 January.